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Title:An analysis of the duality in the space economy of Nigeria's Federal Capital Territory
Author:Balogun, O.
Year:2000
Periodical:The Nigerian Geographical Journal
Volume:3-4
Pages:114-131
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:dual economy
economic development
capitals
landlocked countries
Abstract:The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) of Nigeria, an area with a hinterland location, was created in 1976 to replace Lagos, which was considered to be no longer suitable to serve as the national capital. A study by the author in 1995 suggested the existence of a duality in the FCT's space economy. The present study examines in detail the structure of this duality, within the context of the major postulations of the theory of dualism. The study has three objectives: 1) to examine the spatial pattern of development in the space economy of the FCT and to ascertain whether it is in accordance with the theory of spatial dualism; 2) to examine the relationship between distance from the federal capital city and level of development; and 3) to ascertain the trend in the spatial pattern of economic development. The author concludes that the details of the duality in the space economy of the FCT are in conformity with the major postulations of the theory of spatial dualism; the relationship between distance from Abuja and level of economic development is a nonlinear one; and the spatial pattern of development is such that the northern part of the FCT constitutes the more developed region and the south the less developed one. Bibliogr., sum.
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